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Big screen architecture

[Preview] Film screenings at the Barbican this autumn will examine urban issues and the impact of new public buildings as part of the Architecture Foundation’s Architecture on Film series

Streetwise (Dir. Martin Bell, 1984), to be screened on 17 October, is a documentary that follows the lives of homeless teenagers in Seattle, which despite its accolade as ‘America’s most liveable city’, suffers from issues of child prostitution, drug abuse and violence.

Justin Jaeckle, curator of Public Programme at the Architecture Foundation said: ‘Streetwise has rarely been shown in the UK, and its intimacy with its protagonists – a range of early teens hustling their way across the streets of Seattle – presents a lense onto a different kind of urbanism that turns the street into family, business venture, refuge and playground.’

The documentary will be accompanied by a screening of The Houseless Shadow (Dir. William Raban, 2011) which explores London by night, with Dickens’ text as the voiceover.

On Tuesday 11 December, two documentaries will be screened which discuss the opening of two major museums.

Le Centre George Pompidou (Dir. Roberto Rossellini, 1977) was shot on the opening day of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and involved hiding dozens of microphones throughout the building to record the public’s reaction to the new cultural landmark.

This will be followed by Cloud Island (Dir. Fiona Tan, 2010) set on Inujima Island in Japan as residents prepare for the opening of the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum, and the influx of cultural tourists it will bring.


Streetwise + The Houseless Shadow; 17 October, 6.30pm.
Le Centre Georges Pompidou + Cloud Island; 11 December, 7pm.

Films will be screened at the Barbican Centre

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